4-3-11 Nationals Park

We were back at Nationals Park for another game today.
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Hopefully today would be a bit better day for me. 
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The weather was expected to be a bit warmer with no chance of rain.
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Amy was back in charge of the camera, and did a fantastic job taking lots of pictures.
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She once said that one of the jobs she’d considered was being a photographer.  She always finds good stuff to take photos of, even if its not baseball related, such as this cocoon on a cherry tree outside of Nationals Park:

1dayabutterfly.jpgWe were again first in line, so to pass the time, Nick and I played catch.
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This time, we played catch on the street, so as not to get yelled at by security. 
100_8446.JPGWhen the gates opened, we ran in to look for baseballs,
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but there were none.  I made my way over to center field and spotted a ball below, but there were security guards everywhere down there. 
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I thought about asking them to toss it up, but they were engaged in a conversation.  I went and checked the gaps behind the walls, which were empty.  When I came back that ball was gone.

Much like yesterday, my day got off to another really slow start.  There was a lot of inactivity and waiting.
100_8471.JPGAll I could do is look at Amy with a “this is going to well” look.
100_8478.JPGI noticed a few balls were landing in the seats in right field, so I hustled over to try and get in on some of the action.

Amy was right behind me to capture the action.

 

100_8482.JPGOnce there I set up in the third row.
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I didn’t have to wait too long as Laynce Nix launched a home run in my direction.  I could tell that the ball was going to be a bit short, so I had to scale the row of seats in front of me to catch the ball just above the man in red’s black glove. 
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Here I am with my first ball of the day.
100_8499.JPGI headed over to left field with Nick, but it was too crowded, and I got shut out there despite several home runs landing here and there.
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I headed back to right field to stay for a majority of the Braves batting practice. 
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After changing quickly on the concourse, I made my way to right field.

I began cutting through the second row when I ball appeared out of nowhere.  Mike Minor randomly flipped a ball up from the warning track.  I reacted and caught the ball for my second of the day.  There wasn’t anyone else within a few feet of me, so I figured it really wasn’t intended for anyone in particular.  Here I am with Mike Minor below:
100_8581.JPGDespite several Braves batting, I noticed a ball land in the gap in left center field.  I decided to go over and glove trick it immediately.

Here I am setting up the glove trick:
100_8600.JPGI leaned on the glass railing for a moment and pretended to watch BP so as not to bring attention to myself from the security guards.  I then lowered my glove over the ball:
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All eyes on you.jpgAnd reeled it in.
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That was my third ball of the day.

Upon returning to right field, I noticed another ball in the gap between the stands and scoreboard.

I glove tricked that ball too.
100_8612.JPGI’m was working with a new rubber band and it was working really well.  I snagged both glove trick balls in one try.
100_8618.JPGThe rest of batting practice was just a lot of standing around.  You can tell by Nick’s body language how slow things were.
100_8635.JPGNear the end of batting practice, I went over to left field above the bullpen to scope out the balls in the bullpen.

While there, an unidentified Braves player tossed my ball #5.
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Batting practice ended, and there were three balls that were gettable in the bullpen.  I knew how security was, so I spoke with the usher in the section, “There’s a ball in the bullpen that I can get with my glove,” I said.  “Is it ok if I get it?” 
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“Alright,”  She replied, “Imma let you get it.” 

I went to work and got the ball to stick in the glove on the first try.  Weirdly, the same lady that just gave me permission, came and started yelling at me.  “You can’t do that!”

“You just told me that I could get a ball from the bullpen.”

“No!  You have to stop.”

“OK, the ball’s stuck in my glove, should I throw it back onto the field or can I keep it?”
She ignored me.  So I stuck it in my pocket and let.  It was the sixth one of the day.

That would be it for batting practice.

We left the stadium after BP to head back to Pittsburgh. 
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We headed back to pictures and Amy was still snapping away.
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We left sunny 65 degree weather for dreariness.
100_8807.JPGHere are the baseballs I snagged today:
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And the sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:

Game:  6 balls (1 hit, 2 thrown, 3 device)
Season:  9 balls (4 hit, 2 thrown, 3 device, 0 found)
Games: 2 games
Average:  4.50 balls per game
Career:  1,131 balls
Attendance: 22,210

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